Dan Snyder: 10 Biggest Embarrassments During His Tenure as Redskins Owner

Justin SparksCorrespondent IIIJanuary 11, 2012

Dan Snyder: 10 Biggest Embarrassments During His Tenure as Redskins Owner

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    The Washington Redskins have been locked in the bottom of the NFC East cellar for the majority of the Dan Snyder era. Washington has only been to the playoffs twice in the past decade and only won one playoff game. Simply put, Snyder's inept when it comes to football decisions.

    He bought the prestigious NFL franchise in 1999 and has since made a mockery of its long and storied history.

    Being widely regarded as one of the worst owners in American sports is not a reputation you want to have. As a fan, it's certainly not an owner you want running your favorite team.

    Snyder has been consistent about one thing and that's been his horrible judgement throughout the years on hiring/firing coaches and signing different personnel.

Trading for Donavan McNabb

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    Donovan McNabb moved south down I-95 from his 11 years in Philadelphia to the Washington Redskins during an Easter Day trade in 2010.

    After seeing McNabb twice a year for those 11 years, Dan Snyder and the Redskins thought trading away a second-round pick and a conditional third or fourth rounder would be a steal for the experienced quarterback.

    McNabb ended the 2010 season 5-8. He ended up throwing more interceptions (15) than he did touchdowns (14).

    Mike Shanahan ended up benching No. 5 by the end of the 2010 regular season, which all but signaled his position within the team.

    The one season alone was enough for the Redskins to decide that Rex Grossman would be a better fit for their offense. The Redskins shipped McNabb off to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth-round pick in the draft.

    Basically, they forfeited a season and traded what ended up being second and fourth round picks for a sixth.

Giving Albert Haynesworth $100 Million

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    It's probably safe to say that Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins did not anticipate the media circus that ended up surrounding the large defensive tackle.

    Albert Haynesworth followed the money in his move to Washington D.C. after being offered $100 million contract by the Redskins. His paycheck did not match his production. To make things worse, $41 million of the $100 million was guaranteed.

    Haynesworth showed he fit the bill by showing up to training camp out of shape and overweight. He failed a conditioning test that required him to run 25-yards and back within 70 seconds.

    All of this took place after the $100 million man refused to come to mandatory offseason workouts and decided he would be in condition upon his own accord. Oh, he also demanded to be traded during the offseason of 2010.

    Washington ended up trading him for a fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots this past summer. In other words, Snyder took another huge loss.

Hiring Steve Spurrier

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    Steve Spurrier enjoyed tons of success at the University of Florida. The Florida Gators became one of the elite programs in college football under Spurrier prior to taking the Washington Redskins job.

    Dan Snyder thought that the visor clad Spurrier could help turn his franchise around after seeing the sustained success the coach had down in Gainesville.

    Spurrier went 7-9 during his first year on the job. Nothing to be excited about, but 7-9 could be viewed as something to build on.

    His second season as head coach of the Redskins regressed to 5-11 and his time was up. Spurrier's run-n-gun tactics at Florida never transferred over to the NFL.

    Although, you can give the head ball coach some kind of credit. His teams never occupied the cellar of the NFC East during his two seasons, they sat in third both years.

Hiring Jim Zorn

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    In the NFL, there are coaches who will dabble into head coaching and realize that's simply not their cup of tea. Jim Zorn did that in 2008 and 2009 with the Washington Redskins.

    The longtime quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions went to Washington thinking he could handle the rigors of one of the NFL's historically prestigious franchises.

    Similar to Steve Spurrier, Zorn started off okay by turning in an average 8-8 season during his first year. Again, not great but it's something you can build on as a team with a new coaching philosophy and tactics.

    Zorn had Jason Campbell under his guidance but could not get the best out of the Auburn University product. He quickly fell off the mark in his second year.

    The Redskins sat at the bottom of the NFC East in 2009 with a 4-12 record and as the only team under .500 within the division. Again, the Redskins turned into the laughing stock of the NFC East.

    Dan Snyder swiftly fired Zorn and brought in yet another coach after just two years on the job.

Buying the All-Overaged Team

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    Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Jeff George and Mark Brunell are just a few players throughout the years that aren't already on this list that Dan Snyder a) overpaid and b) brought in past their prime.

    Snyder has an affinity for over-the-hill players and he thought that paying them probably double what they were worth justified it. None of these players worked out for the Washington Redskins, as I'm sure you could imagine.

    Jeff George started a total of seven games in 2000 and 2001. He won just one of the seven. Mark Brunell went 3-6, 9-6 and 3-6 during the three season he started games for the Redskins.

    Bruce Smith arguably became the only player out of the bunch that could be exonerated for his efforts.  The rest—including “Prime Time”—could not live up to expectations.

Firing Norv Turner

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    After taking over as owner of the team in 1999, Dan Snyder was asked how long Norv Turner would remain his head coach. Snyder replied by stating Turner would be in Washington for "a long time."

    Turner didn't even make it to the end of the season.

    13 games was all it took for the new Washington Redskins owner to send the team's head coach packing. Turner received his pink slip after Week 13 that season.

    This all comes after Turner taking the Redskins to the top of NFC East in 1999 and winning a playoff game.

Monday Night Massacre

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    The Washington Redskins took a beating from their division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia came out guns blazing on the first play as Michael Vick rolled out and threw an 88-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson who back peddled into the end zone.

    The Eagles never let off the pedal as they continued to make scoring against the Redskins look as if it were being played on Madden.

    Philadelphia put on a clinic that night for the entire country and league to see. Washington gave up one of the best offensive performances in recent memory on their watch in their house.

    It was 28-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 within the first play of the second quarter.

Firing Marty Schottenheimer

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    Similar to the politics that take place in Washington D.C., Dan Snyder's decision to fire Marty Schottenheimer after his Washington Redskins finished the 2001 season winning eight of 11 was baffling. Snyder fired a coach that showed progress, promise and a newfound grasp over his locker room.


    The much maligned owner wanted to hire the successful collegiate coach from the University of Florida, Steve Spurrier.

    Schottenheimer got the fans excited finishing the his only season in Washington with such a strong push. The Redskins finished 8-8 that season and second in the NFC East.

    Snyder had seen enough, though, and prematurely fired Schottenheimer before he could truly implement his system in Washington. One year is not enough time to judge a coach and how his team will perform in the future.

    Schottenheimer later moved on to the San Diego Chargers where he enjoyed some measurable success out West.

Charging for Training Camp

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    Many throughout the Washington D.C. area know about Dan Snyder's shrewd business tactics. They were only getting introduced to their new owner when he started charging fans to watch the team practice at training camp.

    He started charging for camp during the offseason of 2000 and has never looked back. For many Washington Redskins fans, this was the only opportunity they got to see their favorite players because they couldn't afford the high prices that are all encompassed into the game-day experience.

    Snyder continues to nickle and dime fans throughout the mid-Atlantic region with various ventures that he stamps the team's logo onto. Forcing people to pay to watch the team practice was just the beginning.

Every Hired Coach Has Left Without a Winning Record

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    Mike Shanahan has been the latest coach for the Washington Redskins under Dan Snyder to post a losing record during his time in the nation's capital. In fact, every single coach that Snyder has hired ended their employment at .500 or below.

    Not exactly the sterling record of hires that an owner would be proud of.

    Shanahan currently has records of 5-11 and 6-10. Jim Zorn was 12-20. Joe Gibbs was 30-34 despite having two winning records of 9-7 and 10-6 during his time.

    Steve Spurrier went 12-20. Marty Schottenheimer finished 8-8 in his only season on the job.